Adrian Punaks

Adrian Punaks

More Partnership
Crystal Apple Winner


Adrian joined More Partnership in January 2022 as a Partner, and alongside More's community of experts he now works with a range of organisations across sectors globally to help them achieve their philanthropic ambitions. Before More he led all Advancement activity at University College London (UCL) since 2011.

With extensive leadership experience, he has over the last twenty years developed a deep understanding of effective practice across every aspect of fundraising and supporter engagement, as well as experience of nurturing and leading large, high-performing teams. At UCL he helped to drive one of Europe’s largest and most successful fundraising campaigns. 

As Executive Director of Development at UCL, he led advancement activity in a department of 85 people, incorporating fundraising, alumni relations, communications and development operations, and was integral to the design and delivery of the UCL's £600m campaign, which closed early in 2020 having exceeded the target and achieving over 260,000 volunteering hours. Critical to this success was the way in which Adrian built trusted relationships with institutional leaders, senior volunteers, global philanthropists and high-profile academics and clinicians.

Adrian began his career at Birkbeck, University of London, where he helped establish the College’s first development function. He continued to build his career in individual and major giving at Imperial College London, before returning to Birkbeck in 2007 to lead the highly successful development and alumni relations teams.

In 2010, Adrian was awarded the inaugural Iain More Award which recognises the outstanding achievements of a development professional. He has also contributed extensively to insights and training across the philanthropy sector, not least through this work with CASE – including in his current role on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy (2021-23) and through the Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising (including three years as Chair).